Adjunct Faculty

The library adds at least one copy of all materials listed on the book lists for J.D. and LL.M. students. Law faculty teaching courses may add any additional items to reserve they feel would be of interest to students in their classes. Please send your reserve requests as far in advance as possible to ensure the materials will be available when needed. Faculty members are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for any copied materials.  Most materials available on licensed databases may be linked from Blackboard Learn course pages.Electronic reserves are also available. The library can link to electronic documents that you provide.

Please contact the Course Reserves Coordinator  or call (617) 353-3153 with your course reserves materials, electronic reserve materials, and with any other questions on course reserves policies.

Any personal materials you place on reserve, both books and photocopies, are restricted to use within the library. If you would like students to be able to borrow these materials for a 24 hour period, please let us know when you supply the materials. All personal materials are returned to faculty at the end of each semester.

Borrowing Materials

Part-time faculty members may request materials for course preparation by contacting the Faculty Liaison (x3-8879). Our guideline is five requests per week.

Most requests will be filled electronically by sending you PDFs or links to reliable sources. If you would prefer to receive a print document, please indicate this when placing your request.

Materials from libraries on the Charles River Campus will be retrieved within two business days. Materials will be held at the Circulation Desk for pickup. All books are subject to recall for use by other patrons. Materials from the Alumni Medical Library may be requested through interlibrary loan.

The interlibrary loan supervisor coordinates interlibrary loan for part-time faculty to obtain books and photocopies from libraries outside BU. Interlibrary Loan requests are limited to materials for course preparation. Please contact us (353-8412) with complete citations for the items to be obtained.

Adjunct faculty may borrow books from law treatise collections when they are teaching. Law Reserve materials and Law materials marked Limited Circulation, Library Use Only, or Non-Circulating may be borrowed by law faculty for a two week period. Any borrowed law library materials should be returned within six weeks after the course is completed.

If you receive a recall notice for law materials and you need the material beyond the new due date, please contact the Faculty Liaison to make arrangements for continued use.

Overdue notices and recalls from other B.U. libraries will be sent to your BU email address.

Please note that overdue or recalled materials from other B.U. libraries must be returned promptly. Faculty will incur fines and may be blocked from future borrowing at the lending library for failure to return materials by their due dates.

The library catalog’s My Account section allows faculty to view a list of materials they have currently checked out from any BU Libraries. You will need your BU login and Kerberos password.

The library does not maintain records of materials you have returned. Once materials are returned all records are cleared from the system.

The university subscribes to two streaming video services which have a large collection of films for classroom use: Academic Video Online and Kanopy.  The B.U. Krasker Film/Videocollection also has over 18,500 film and video titles for classroom use in current classes. Law audiovisual support for showing films may be obtained by contacting   The library owns a small number of films for classroom use. These films may be found in the library catalog.

Access to eResources

Adjunct faculty members are provided access to Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law for educational purposes related to the teaching of courses at the law school. Please contact Kate Cochrane (x8-4997) to obtain a Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law password.

New adjunct faculty may receive passwords for course preparation up to three months prior to the start of their class (June for fall courses, September for spring courses).

The library licenses resources from hundreds of providers. Most resources are available to adjunct faculty for class preparation and instruction. An alphabetical list of databases and subject guides to electronic resources provide access to products licensed by the law school. For non-legal materials, the University maintains direction on how to Find the Full Text of Articles.

The majority of these databases may be accessed by using the same username and Kerberos password that you use for your BU email.

Use the links from the library web pages to access these resources, as they allow you to authenticate with your BU email login.

The University licenses over 37,000 electronic journals, many in PDF format. These journals may be retrieved from any location via the Internet using a BU email login.